Tear Down That Wall?

The roots and risks of Rick Santorum's attack on the separation of church and state

Illustration by Joe Magee for TIME

Rick Santorum seems to be a well-read man. In a single speech on faith and politics, delivered in September 2010 at the University of St. Thomas in Houston to commemorate the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's address on church and state, the former Pennsylvania Senator quoted or alluded to St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Thomas More, St. Augustine, John Henry Newman, Edmund Burke, G.K. Chesterton, St. Teresa of Avila, C.S. Lewis, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, John Courtney Murray, Martin Luther King Jr., John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Abraham Joshua Heschel. In one speech.

For all of this erudition, however, Santorum's critical faculties...

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